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All Grain Brewing / Re: Pests in brew house/ Need storage suggestions!
« on: November 30, 2012, 09:51:02 AM »

Dean, what happened to make you this passionate against the Vittles Vault?  Did grain spoil on you?  I've had a good experience with mine thus far.

Dave

Same here.  I have 1 for 2-row and 1 for pilsner.  I will probably pick up another for Maris Otter in the future.

LOL!  I have the same as above as well as the third for MO!   ;D

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All Grain Brewing / Re: Pests in brew house/ Need storage suggestions!
« on: November 30, 2012, 08:59:58 AM »
Vittles Vaults seem thinner than buckets and they are not going to stop a rodent that will chew plastic. Those crappy Gamma-Seal lids they use also don't seal like people want to think they do. If you do get the tiny seal in the spin-on lid to seal the one between the lid mount and the vessel will usually be leaky. Been there with these, and they are mostly hype. Unless you just have to have a square vessel to fit a certain space, buy buckets with o-ring lids (very common), or metal containers (for rodent issues) and use liners that you can seal. Trash bags work well actually for inside any larger bucket. You can buy a lot of good buckets for the price of a Vittles Vault.

Regular bucket lids with o-rings are much more reliable, cheaper and easier. I gave away two of the overpriced Vittles Vaults as I think they are of limited use, and still own one to remind me not to buy gimmicks again :-)

Dean, what happened to make you this passionate against the Vittles Vault?  Did grain spoil on you?  I've had a good experience with mine thus far.

Dave

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All Grain Brewing / Re: Iostar to measure starch?
« on: November 30, 2012, 08:07:45 AM »
Good info guys, thanks!

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All Grain Brewing / Re: Iostar to measure starch?
« on: November 30, 2012, 06:31:02 AM »
So Jeff, do you perfrom an iodine test on every brew or just those that have a more complex malt bill?

Dave

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All Grain Brewing / Re: Iostar to measure starch?
« on: November 29, 2012, 01:48:23 PM »
I think iodine tests are useful and brewers should know how to do them correctly to troubleshoot mash conversion issues: http://braukaiser.com/wiki/index.php?title=Iodine_Test

Kai

Kai,

What types of conversion issues have you seen?  Are some more common than others?

Dave

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Yeast and Fermentation / Re: pitching temp
« on: November 29, 2012, 11:57:21 AM »
Hey Mitch, you've been waiting a while so:  AMEN!   ;D

I go a little cooler with the ales and a little warmer with the lagers (+1-2F) but I'm with ya! 

Dave

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All Grain Brewing / Re: Iostar to measure starch?
« on: November 29, 2012, 11:52:03 AM »
Old guy on the Moonshiners show last night stuck his finger in the mash and held it up in the wind. He said if it's not sticky when it dries, it's ready.

I'd think it should be sticky from the sugars.  Seems like if it's not sticky it hasn't converted.

Who knows where else ol' Jim Tom's finger has been!!!   :P

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All Grain Brewing / Re: 5-gallon vs. 10-gallon cooler?
« on: November 29, 2012, 11:50:22 AM »
Didn't know where the blue cooler comments were coming from until I did a search. I guess I'll have to pay extra for the blue, or my whole future of brewing is doomed to horrible failure ;)

One additional, related question: can a thermometer be installed into a rectangular cooler (the way I've seen in the round ones)? I would think that would be a problem, just given the size of the cooler. If so, how? If not, is the only alternative to periodically check the temp?

Thanks again for all the help. It's nice to know that there are so many helpful people around here.

Yep, all other colors are slightly defective.  Or you could look at it as blue is slightly better!   ;D

BTW-Not sure of your equipment, but a refractometer came late on my brewing wish list, per your earlier post.  There is another thread on equipment upgrades in the equiment section which would be very helpful for you IMO.  If you have everything listed in the thread already though, a refractometer is a very nice to have.....

Dave

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All Grain Brewing / Re: Iostar to measure starch?
« on: November 28, 2012, 04:19:25 PM »
i have never done an iodine test.  from other threads i am not sure it is all that worthwhil

I was wondering how others would respond to this.  I have never done an iodine test either. 

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Yea, good thing he started at 68F because with the "volcanic" fermentation, it was probably hovering around 76F as it was!

Dave

No, I have a Thermowell sitting in the middle of the fermenting wort.  That is what controls the temperature.  I hop doing it the way I did, I won't get too many fusels going.

Steve

Excellent.  That makes a huge difference!  Sounds like you will have a great brew.

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Yea, good thing he started at 68F because with the "volcanic" fermentation, it was probably hovering around 76F as it was!

Dave

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All Grain Brewing / Re: Iostar to measure starch?
« on: November 28, 2012, 02:30:06 PM »
I'm not sure about Iostar, but if you hit your mash temp and left it for an hour without losing much heat, I would not worry about taking an iodine test.  Go ahead and lauter. 

Dave

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Right Mort.  And diacetyl is much more acceptable in a Belgian IPA than in say a German Pilsner.  I would call that "cleaning up" more than a diacetyl rest which is what threw me off. 

Either way you want to say it, the advice is sound.  Leave it in primary for a week after FG to allow the yeast to clean up.  And in looking back at the thread, I would take a gravity reading and not rely on waiting for signs of fermentation to stop.  With that amount of yeast, it could let off CO2 for weeks after reaching FG.

Dave

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OK, I'm confused.  Why perform a diacetyl rest on an ale already at 74F?  I'm missing something.

Dave

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All Grain Brewing / Re: stuck sparge
« on: November 28, 2012, 11:35:24 AM »
Batch sparging is not necessarily a panacea here. 8 of us used the same mill on Learn to Brew Day, and I think everyone using a Bazooka/kettle screen ended up with a stuck mash and we were all batch sparging.
It's primarily the crush, as even with a very slow run off speed, if you've got a ton of flour in there it's going to clog up that screen. When I use my own mill, which I have adjusted by trial and stuck sparge, I never have a problem...thankfully.

Anybody using a SS hose braid?  I find those work much better than a Bazooka.

+1 to the SS braid.  I've had one stuck sparge in over 100 brews and it was because I added too much canned pumpkin.  It was ugly......

Dave

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